By Andrew DeCredicoJust a short drive from Ocean City, nestled away in Cape May Court House, is one of the county’s most priceless features. The Cape May County Park & Zoo is home to some of the most fearsome animals in the county, as well as some of the most adorable and fun-loving ones. For anyone that would like to take a try at disk golf, the park is also home to 9 holes of the difficult sport. Adding to the list of fun things to do, the park is home to Tree to Tree Cape May, an aerial adventure course and zip line park meant for all ages and abilities.The zoo is an amazing piece of the community, and always puts a smile on visitor’s faces. From the minute you drive through the front gate onto the park’s property, the employees make you feel welcome and genuinely seem to hope that you enjoy your time there. Getting into the zoo could not be simpler. There is no line to wait in to buy your ticket, and in fact, there is no ticket at all. The zoo does not charge admission. Instead, they ask family’s to donate whatever they are able to at the time.With over 30 exhibits, and over 200 different species of animals, the Cape May County Zoo is sure to impress all patrons. Boasting an impressive 550 individual animals, the zoo has different sections separating different types of animals. In the reptile and amphibian room, all sorts of animals can be seen, from small geckos, to a large alligator, even a burmese python.As for birds, many of them can be seen in the World or Birds Aviary, but some can even be seen without cages. Guinea hens, and peacocks can be seen wandering around the park’s property at all hours of the day. As you work your way around the zoo, you will walk by all sorts of mammals, including camels, lions, alpacas, cheetahs, and even buffalo! In the back of the zoo you’ll find the savannah, where they house the zebras as well as the giraffes.Outside of the zoo, Tree to Tree aerial adventure course and zip line park is fun for the whole family. The adventure park is on the zoo’s property and just to the right of the entrance to the zoo itself. Starting with training and finishing with an awesome zip line course, families will have hours of fun climbing through the trees at Tree to Tree adventure park. Tree to Tree has two different groups of courses, and height is the determining factor in which course you’ll explore. Children 7 and over need to be able to reach 4’7” before they are able to explore the kids courses. Adults need to be able to reach 5’11” before they are able to explore the adults courses. After training, a family could spend hours climbing around in the trees. It is definitely a full day’s experience.The disk golf course looks simple to most, but is more challenging than one might think. Folks will need to bring their own disks, but the park holds 9 holes of the tricky sport, wrapping around the zoo’s property from front to back. If disk golf isn’t your thing, the park has many pavilions that can be reserved for a party or picnic, as well as a playground for young children to play on.If you find yourself looking for something to do around Ocean City, what better way to spend a day, than exploring one of the country’s best parks. Only miles away, your day can easily be filled with excitement and exploration of new worlds.
Tanya Jean Williams WilsonTanya Jean Williams Wilson, 59, was born June 17, 1955 to James Kenneth Williams and Kathryn Lorene Carter Williams in Caldwell Kansas. Tanya was the middle child born after Steve and Kirk, followed by Jim and Lori.Tanya had many fond memories of growing up on the farm west of Caldwell, one of her favorites was drawing play houses in the dirt in the grove of trees across the road south of the house. Having laid the walls and doors out she would then have little brother Jim come into the house to play, according to Tanya she would always get upset with Jim because he refused to use the doors she had laid out, instead he would walk through the imaginary walls.Tanya met her future husband Steve the summer of her sophomore year and they were married on July 2nd 1972. Tanya completed high school after they were married graduating with the CHS class of 1973.Tanya and Steve started their life together in Medicine Lodge KS where she worked in the various cafes and clubs in Medicine Lodge. In 1974 they moved to Dodge City where Tanya began her career working for Centel as a receptionist in the Dodge City office. Through the 16 year career with Centel she was promoted to cashier, assistant to the division manager and finally the management position of New Business Rep were she was responsible for collections and arrangements of non-pay customers.In 1990 Tanya and Steve moved to Harper, she gave up her career with Centel and went to work for KGS in Attica. At KGS, Tanya was responsible for all the DOT compliance procedures associated with the plant at Attica. In 1999 Tanya went to work for the City of Harper as the City Clerk, she retired in 2010 as the City Administrator of Harper, a position she took great pride in. Upon her retirement Tanya and Steve moved to the little farm north of Caldwell where they lived at the time of her death, June 13, 2015.Tanya felt her greatest accomplishment though, was the birth of her daughter Chelsi Linn on October 16, 1987 and then the birth of her granddaughter Avi Kathryn Atkins on July 24, 2009. Tanya loved the time spent with Avi Kathryn on the little farm, watching her take care of the catâ€™s and exploring in the forest around the farm. Tanya was named YaYa by Avi Kathryn, a name she loved and held dear to her heart.Tanya was preceded in death by both parents, Jim and Katie Williams, brother Steve, uncle Kelly LaVern Carter and his wife Renie, uncle Ronnie Frazier, grandparents Clifford and Addie Williams and Kelly and Neva Carter, mother-in-law Donna Kathryn Wilson.Tanya is survived by husband Steve of the home, daughter Chelsi and granddaughter Avi Kathryn of Wellington, brother Kirk of Wellington, brother Jim (Belinda) of Okeene, OK, sister Lori of Wellington, sister Kelly Shoffner (Jeff) of Wichita, sister Jan Wencel (Robbie) of Caldwell, aunt Betty Frazier of Caldwell, father Jerry Wilson of Wellington, many nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and classmates.A memorial service for Tanya will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Corbin, Kansas. Pastor Jacob Maforo will officiate.